So, this is what I came up with...
I decided that a good balance of decorative accessories and storage baskets would be best to make the open shelving useful, but still appealing. The storage baskets hold toilet paper, bath products, and candles and aromatherapy products.
I also added a few candles - both votive holders and a chunky pillar candle (the river rocks we bought for the vases we made for the table centrepieces for our wedding).
I also wanted a personal touch - and nothing is more personal than a picture of my husband and I on our wedding day. (And believe it or not, I admire this picture everytime I'm in the bathroom). Sometimes adding a framed photograph to an unexpected place like a bathroom really makes the room more personal. And, really, the bathroom is the most personal room in the home.
We do have a linen closet in the upper hallway, but the open shelving in our ensuite bathroom leaves plenty of room for extra towels and facecloths. Plus, it's great to have these close at hand. I like the idea of rolling the bath towels and folding the facecloths and hand towels.
There is still lots to do in this ensuite bathroom. Actually, we've barely done anything to this room, other than hanging some art and organizing the bathroom products. Ok, that's not entirely true - we also ripped out the laminate countertop, builder-grade sink and faucet, and replaced them with a granite countertop, an undermount sink, and a widespread faucet. Oh, and upgraded the light fixture. But, we are planning on painting over the builder-beige walls, maybe adding a wall treatment, and I would love to transform these plain white MDF shelves to thicker dark-stained shelves (I hate that you can see the brackets for each shelf). But, for the time being, this works for us.
Do any of you have open shelving in your home? Or have you included a personal touch in your bathrooms?